The *NEW* Gameboy Advance

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The *NEW* Gameboy Advance

Post by The Kron » Tue Jan 07, 2003 3:41 am

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The Game Boy Advance SP with a flip-up, lighted color screen will cost $99 when it hits U.S. stores March 23, according to Nintendo. It joins Game Boy Advance, now $70, and replaces the discontinued Game Boy Color system.

Screen visibility has been a particular sticking point in the past with users. "The one big complaint about Game Boy Advance has always been it has a dark display," says Simon Price, analyst with International Development Group. Billy Berghammer, director of an influential Nintendo Internet site called Planet GameCube, adds: "I used to get a headache from squinting at that screen."

The Advance SP includes lighting along the screen's edge. For the first time, it also comes with a rechargeable battery pack instead of depending on disposable AA cells. The battery pack lasts about 10 hours including the light and up to 18 hours with the light off.
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Post by JellyWarrior » Tue Jan 07, 2003 4:20 am

that thing is weird :o
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Post by Wagh » Tue Jan 07, 2003 4:46 am

I like it o>o
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Post by perry » Tue Jan 07, 2003 4:55 am

I don't know if it will be comfy to hold but apart from that it's sweet.
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Post by mkjones » Tue Jan 07, 2003 5:00 am

Hmmm, not sure, i like the way my GBA has the controls at the side of the screen, never liked the old game boy way of working...

still not as good as the NeoGeo Pocket with its analuge pad :-)

also, how WIDE is that thing gonna be?? any dimensional specifications, tell ya what il look on google...

Oh yeh, and the light is a great idea, i would buy an AfterBurner kit if i had the confidence not to break my GBA,, but why didnt they just release a REAL nintent GBA with a light in??

and yes, i know you can get pre-installed afterburner kits...
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Post by bizzle » Tue Jan 07, 2003 7:35 am

i dont know, the design looks pretty bad. its just my opinion though.


its kind of like a mini laptop. so therefor eventually the hinges may start getting screwed up, or, ever break easily.

As for the square design, it could have been better. looks like a big NES controller, then again, I did like the NES controller a lot.


I am interested in getting a GBA, but I will most likely go with the older version, and get a light for it. Or just try out this design and see how it is.
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Post by mmboy » Tue Jan 07, 2003 7:50 am

*gasp* that is sweetness! I'm gonna get 1!!!! Im pretty sure the hinges are fine too... cuz I have a reallyold lap top and the hinges are fine... Just so long as you take care of it. Man that is the new definition of sweetness, YEA rechargeable batteries, thats a great idea, also showing that nintendo cares about us by not making it a $30 add on, and the light, NICE! Oh yea, and the Laptop hinges are a great add-on, because the LCD looks better when its tilted i certain way :D I'm looking forward to this!
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Post by toastman » Tue Jan 07, 2003 8:15 am

If the screen is the same size as the original GBA, then the thing is going to be just a tad bit wider than a Gameboy Pocket.
I mean, fu.ck.
That thing is "teh c00l"
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Post by AmadeusZull » Tue Jan 07, 2003 10:15 am

oh man i love that thing. omg
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Post by Veggita2099 » Tue Jan 07, 2003 10:25 am

I have to agree with Xylene. Course not holding it in my hand I can't say 100 percent how it would be. I thought the next GBA was supposed to have more power and 2 extra buttons?
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Post by BlackAura » Tue Jan 07, 2003 10:41 am

Looks interesting, but I don't know if I'd be able to actually play games on the thing.
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Post by CoasterKing » Tue Jan 07, 2003 10:51 am

Very......conceptual :| . I won't be buying one. I mean come on Nintendo , you could have at least given us a couple of extra buttons. Plus the way the shoulder buttons are now just looks uncomfortable to play. It looks too much like a freaking mobile phone.

Blah, no thanks.
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Post by CupNoodle » Tue Jan 07, 2003 11:19 am

Wow...that is the coolest thing ive seen in a while...but am i gonna buy it? HELL YEA!!!! ill just give my old gba to my little bro...he already has my Gamecube now so why not just complete the package :lol: I LOVE MY Q....
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Post by compacho » Tue Jan 07, 2003 11:35 am

I just read at IGN.com that there is no Headphone jack. Nintendo will make a add-on later. I like the look of it. Its pretty, no doubt about it. But it sure doesn't look like it'll feel great to hold for several hours. Shiiiiiiiiiitt, i'll get 1 anyways. :D
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Post by butters » Tue Jan 07, 2003 11:36 am

If they put it out in other colors, I could see myself getting one of those and trading my old GBA in.
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Post by The Kron » Tue Jan 07, 2003 11:56 am

Everybody_Knows_Its_butters wrote:If they put it out in other colors, I could see myself getting one of those and trading my old GBA in.
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Post by az_bont » Tue Jan 07, 2003 11:58 am

The screen seems less Widescreen on this one - maybe it's the angle of the shots.
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Post by Veggita2099 » Tue Jan 07, 2003 12:45 pm

compacho wrote:I just read at IGN.com that there is no Headphone jack. Nintendo will make a add-on later. I like the look of it. Its pretty, no doubt about it. But it sure doesn't look like it'll feel great to hold for several hours. Shiiiiiiiiiitt, i'll get 1 anyways. :D
Good ole Nintendo finding yet another way to make us pay more money for something.

I doubt I will buy this thing seeing as I all ready have a GBA. I do plan on buying that adapter for the GC that allows GBA games to play on the TV though.
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Post by arcticfeather » Tue Jan 07, 2003 1:28 pm

Now i want this and the GC GBA adaptor, so it looks like i'll have to trade in my current GBA

What is the price by the way? i might import it from japan/america since it's region free
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Post by The Kron » Tue Jan 07, 2003 1:32 pm

12,500 yen retail = ?65 or $99
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